We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin (Paperback)

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In a series of long letters to her husband, Eva tries to make sense of the heinous thing their son Kevin did. Eve never really wanted to have children so did her ambivalence toward Kevin cause his later actions? In a gripping exploration of parental responsibilities and nature vs. nurture, Shriver’s prize winning novel tells of a non-maternal mother and a passive father willing to overlook some obvious red flags from their son who starts as a difficult baby and grows into a troubled teen. The subject is harsh and the writing is complicated but the journey is worth it and you’ll need to talk about Kevin when you’ve finished.

--Sydne, Atlanta

Description


The gripping international bestseller about motherhood gone awry

Eva never really wanted to be a mother—and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails.

About the Author


Lionel Shriver's novels include the National Book Award finalist So Much for That, the New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World, and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. She lives in London and Brooklyn, New York.

Praise for We Need to Talk About Kevin…


“Ms. Shriver takes a calculated risk . . . but the gamble pays off as she strikes a tone of compelling intimacy.”
-Wall Street Journal

“Furiously imagined.”
-Seattle Times

“An underground feminist hit.”
-New York Observer

“A slow, magnetic descent into hell that is as fascinating as it is disturbing.”
-Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Shriver handles this material, with its potential for cheap sentiment and soap opera plot, with rare skill and sense.”
-Newark Star Ledger

“Powerful [and] harrowing.”
-Entertainment Weekly

“Impossible to put down.”
-Boston Globe

Product Details ISBN-10: 006112429X
ISBN-13: 9780061124297
Published: Harper Perennial
Pages: 432
Language: English